The shuttle fleet was grounded in 2011, but Soyuz spacecraft are still operational. Indeed, the Soyuz is currently the only ride to and from the International Space Station (though the American spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing are developing their own astronaut taxis, which NASA wants to be operational by the end of 2017).
Soyuz spacecraft launch atop Soyuz rockets from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. History has proven both the spacecraft and the rocket to be very reliable; Soyuz cosmonauts died during accidents in 1967 and 1971, but there have been no fatal accidents since. (Neither tragedy was caused by a launch failure, for what it's worth.)
Real-life Soyuz are built without Superman in mind, and thus have a launch-emergency system of their own - a small rocket designed to steer the capsules clear of danger should something go wrong on the pad. You can see this rocket in the "Batman v Superman" trailer, by the way; it's the long, pointy thing at the top of the Soyuz. (Apparently it didn't work as it was supposed to in the movie's universe.)
The space shuttle program also suffered two fatal accidents during its 30-year run. The shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff in January 1986, and Columbia broke apart during its re-entry to Earth's atmosphere in February 2003. Each disaster killed all seven astronauts aboard.
Originally published on Space.com.
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